Summer Hazards

As we head into what will hopefully be a warm and sunny summer, just a reminder about some of the issues surrounding this time of the year.

There is no legal maximum temperature temperature under UK law, however research shows that once the temperature is consistently over 30oC people can start showing signs of heat stress.

Heat Stress can then occur when the body overheats. This is more likely in industries where the temperature cannot be controlled and specific protective clothing has to be worn. Even in offices conditions can become very uncomfortable. The obvious solution is to reduce the temperature, e.g. air conditioning, however this is not always possible. Wear light and loose clothing and keep hydrated can help.

The HSE have compiled a free leaflet on heat stress.